Staying in a hotel offers a full range of comforts and ameneties and the myriad different options on offer these days means that a hotel rarely equates to a huge, identikit block, cramming the maximum guests in whilst offering nothing but a bed and the minimum of character and welcome. We feature a huge range of hotels of all shapes and sizes, from bustling urban boutique properties to charming, traditional hotels in stunning countryside locations (see below) - all of which do their part to minimise the environmental impact of tourism.
As a mainstay of tourist accommodation the world over, there has been much done in the hotel sector to go green: find out about pioneering urban eco-hotels in greentraveller founder Richard Hammond's blog post, and find out which properties made the Green Travel List, both environmentally friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland and green hotels across the rest of Europe and the world.
Find out how to get to hotels across Europe and beyond using our Journey Planner, and check out a great selection of eco-friendly hotels that you can reach by train and ferry below - from spa hotels in the Lake District and on the Cornish Coast to luxury hotels in the Irish countryside and seclusion in the mountains of Northern Spain.
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
From £100.00 per room per night.
Hotel £150 per night Superior Self Catering Lodge £250 per night Standard...
Couble (apartment): 840€ - 1330€ per week, suite (cottage): 1260€ - 1960€...
From €160 for a standard room to €440 for an apartment suite; Garden House...
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225....
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £200, Lynedoch Suite £220, Lodge House (sleeps 6) £250
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
Prices start from from £335 (1st May-30th September 2013), from £285 (October 2013 & April 2014), from £235 (1st Nov 2013 - 31st March 2014), based on two people sharing a Classic room, other room rates are avaialable on request.
Prices from £180 (just right room), £200 (generous room), £255 (unique room), £255 (Spacious) and £310 (indulgent room)
From €160 for a standard room to €440 for an apartment suite; Garden House (3 rooms, sleeps 6) €790; Berber Salon for 3 €130; Berber Salon for 4 €160
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
Nightly Rate - Suite €250, based on 2 people sharing
Prices from £69 to £119.
room overlooking the village €115
Double / Twin rooms £95.00 per night, Family Room (2 adults & 2 Children) £120.00 per night
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
Couble (apartment): 840€ - 1330€ per week, suite (cottage): 1260€ - 1960€ per week
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Classic Room €218 Superior room €244 incl. breafast
Hotel Bedrooms from £99 - 2 Bedroom Lodges from £159 - 3 Bedroom Ldoges from £179 - All prices are per night
Low Season from €140 per room per night. High Season from €190 per room per night. Both rates bed & breakfast.
€149 for best room available to €300 for a 2 bedroom 1000sq ft Suite. Hostel rooms are €40 per night - including the best breakfast in Ireland. (Love and attention comes free)
£99 - £240
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
€175 Classic Double, €220 Deluxe, €270 Family room, €280 Garden Suite
rooms £120 - £165. Suite £235
£80.00 - £120.00 based on room type & facilities
Fri- Sat 1 night stay: B&B £55- £85 per person, B&B + Dinner £79-£110 per person. Any 3 Nights Sun-Fri: Dinner + B&B- from £64-£99 per person per night depending on room.
Superior King is £130, King Room is £120, Double/Twin is £100, Single is £50. Longer stay deals available
Small double £80 per night. Double £100 per night. Large double £120 per night. Apartment (sleeps 6) £250 per night.
All rooms from £65.00 max £120.00 to 2 people, room only basis
From £65.00 per room per night.
From € 49,00 - 89,00 in the weekends (Friday - Sunday) and from € 57,50 - € 99,00 during the week (Monday - Thursday). Rates are based on the Basic Room Type. Supplement for Balance Room is € 5,00 per night and € 10,00 per night for Advance room.
Doubles from €65 B&B
Doubles with Showers £110 B&B, Doubles with Bath £120 B&B, Luxury doubles £145 B&B and our Single £95 B&B
From £43 for two
From £64 per person. Price includes return ferry as a foot passenger from Portsmouth or Poole and 1 night stay (breakfast included)
From £99 per night
Doubles from €104
From £185 for 2; singles from £115
Doubles from €75
From 180.50 euros for a double room
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Doubles from €96
From 152 euros for a double room
Double rooms from 160.65 euros
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Latest reviewed accommodation
"This is a picture postcard-pretty, family friendly resort, more low-key than nearby Gleneagles. It’s a good choice for those who would like the freedom of self-catering with the advantages of an on-site leisure centre, activities and restaurant."
Reviewed by: Lucy Gillmore
"Passionate about getting it right, Nigel and Sharon are consummate hosts. Their food is top notch, their location superb. If North Cornwall's your thing but you'd like to get away from the crowds in Padstow, Rock and Newquay, Pendragon's a pretty good place to base yourself for a few days. And with food this good, you may never even get out the front door."
Reviewed by: Jeremy Smith
With 28 rooms, mostly with sea views, this hotel on Sidmouth’s Regency esplanade is perfect for gazing out at sea views and watching passers by, some rooms even have small balconies. On a clear day you can see the length of the bay from Start Point to Portland Bill. All rooms are en-suite and neatly decorated in neutral colours with free wi-fi. From £80 per night.
Built in the mid-17th century by James Boevey, first warden of Exmoor forest, the fortunes of stately Simonsbath House have waxed and waned over the years – though the views along the Barle Valley haven’t suffered. Today, ten spacious en-suite bedrooms, some with four-posters and each with its own character (plus TV and tea and coffee facilities), offer a little more comfort than in the early 1700s when tenant John Dennicombe burned the doors and floors. Oak-wood panelling and fireplaces lend manor-house gravitas to the bar, while the elegant restaurant dishes up locally sourced dishes – salmon in tempura butter, Exmoor fillet Rossini, West Country cheeses and homemade Simonsbath House ice cream. Doubles from £110 B&B.
The nearest railway station is Umberleigh. A list of local taxi firms is available at TrainTaxi.
Mercure Brighton Seafront
This four-starred, 117-room grand Victorian landmark is right on the seafront, close to The Lanes with all its shops, cinemas and theatres. Smart, comfortable rooms have internet access and satellite TV, and you can try international dishes in the Arts Brasserie, or enjoy the sea views with a drink in the Arts Bar. They won the Green Tourism Business Scheme bronze award in 2010 for their commitment towards the environment.
Worsley Arms Hotel
You may have to nip across the road to get to breakfast, but this characterful Georgian hotel, with 11 bedrooms in its main building and nine more in a row of restored cottages across the village green, is one of the prettiest hotels near York. In the village of Hovingham, between Malton and Helmsley, the hotel makes a good base from which to explore the Howardian Hills. There are four-posters in the bedrooms and tranquil gardens with old wooden benches. Owner Tony Finn is a master sommelier so the wine list is a treat and there are occasional evening tastings. From £132 per night.
Here is a luxury 4-star boutique hotel where Feng Shui principles mix with bold colour schemes to provide a highly original and unique hotel experience in the centre of the city. Guests can expect free-flowing lines, curved walls inset with crystals, leather furniture and spiritual artwork on the walls. The bar downstairs, the Merkaba, is described as the hottest bar in town with seductive surroundings, creative cocktails, and an electric atmosphere.
This four star hotel at the heart of Southwold has been welcoming guests for over 350 years. Choose to stay in the classically furnished rooms in the main hotel, or the Lighthouse rooms in the garden with their contemporary, coastal style. The Swan is just yards from the Adnams Brewery where you can book tours, and there are no less than five Adnams pubs within walking distance if you want to sample the best of their local brews. The kitchen team is headed up by Rory Whelan, formerly Head Chef at the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market, and he has developed great relationships with local farmers and fishermen to ensure the menus are always fresh, seasonal and locally sourced. As part of the Adnams group, the hotel adheres to the same business values of sustainability and integrity, whether that means creating jobs for local people or turning food and brewery waste into biogas.
Langdale Hotel and Spa
There's no doubt that Langdale's accommodation teeters at the unashamedly luxurious end of the scale. Spend a few nights in one of the 56 stylish 4* rooms and you'll encounter the finest Egyptian cotton linen, down filled duvets and locally-made Sealy beds - everything you could possibly need for a peaceful night's sleep. The exclusive 'Attic Room' even offers a hand-crafted Copper roll top bath and is tucked away in a private second floor setting. Peel yourself away from your room long enough to visit the hotel's Spa and you'll find a 20m UV-treated swimming pool, steam room, Sanarium and tropical shower. You don't even have to worry about the environmental impact of all this luxury, either - Langdale has been awarded Gold by the GTBS, plus there's plenty of info available on activities in the local area.
The Montagu Arms
The Montagu Arms is a 17th century country house buried deep in the heart of the New Forest, overlooking the wonderful Beaulieu Palace. Each of the 22 bedrooms and suites is rich with traditional English character and by exploring a little you'll soon discover roaring log fires, ornate oak paneling and picturesque gardens. All three restaurants (including one with a Michelin star) do wonders with local produce and the New Forest breakfast is a real treat. Montagu is an effortlessly luxurious base from which to explore walking trails through ancient woodland, one hundred miles of cycle routes or to trek the open heathland on horseback.
Enjoy an authentic stately home experience at this lavish castle hotel, set in 200 acres of parkland in the the Nidderdale AONB. Owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s, you’ll feel like you’re in a family home (albeit a rather grand one!). Food plays a major part in any stay – there’s a genuine commitment to minimising food miles, a vast kitchen garden, award-winning restaurant and cookery school. Measures to reduce carbon emissions and power consumption, plus the installation of an eco-friendly laundry have helped win the hotel a Green Tourism Business Scheme gold. The family also runs the surrounding 20,000-acre Swinton Estate and guests can indulge in everything from fishing to falconry and riding (oh, and there’s a lovely spa if you just want to kickback).
Kingswood & Devoran Hotel
Just a stone’s throw from the beach, this 49-room hotel is an old favourite that has had a clean, modern makeover but retains some of its Victorian charm. Rooms are simple but comfortable and, when you’re sitting on your south-facing balcony with the sound of the sea on pebbles, who needs all the frills? This is a good-value, no-nonsense hotel for those who like to be near the beach and the town. From £70 per night.
The White Lion Hotel
Right on the beachfront, The White Lion Hotel not only offers a relaxed setting for anyone wanting to explore the art, culture and festivals of Aldeburgh, but also a beautiful space for weddings, meetings and events. Newly-refurbished in April 2011, the bedrooms are cosy and comfortable whilst the vibrant Bar & Brasserie is the perfect spot for a breakfast of smoked kippers from Pinney’s of Orford or a slap up Sunday lunch of roast Suffolk Pork. Locally there’s plenty on offer, from walking and cycling to horse riding or even llama trekking. Learn how to perfect your tennis swing under the watchful eye of tennis pro Amanda Keen at the Thorpeness Country Club, or take advantage of your guest discount on green fees at the Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club.
The beautiful Grade II-listed hotel has had a colourful 200-year history – at one point it was converted into a convent. Perched on the outskirts of Truro, it has everything you’d hope for from a country house hotel: mullioned windows, ivy-clad walls, hidden nooks and crannies, stone archways. Individually-styled rooms incorporate modern flourishes into traditional settings, and it works – beautifully. The restaurant serves up award-winning breakfasts, and delicious lunches and evening meals. From £119 for two.
The hotel is just a fifteen minute walk from Truro Railway station, or a five minute bus journey. Take the 90 bus and get off at Tregolls Road dual carriageway. The hotel will arrange a taxi if neccessary. Truro is also accessible by several routes on the National Cycle Network, including Route 4, Route 32 and the Cornish Way
Three Ways House Hotel
Here’s a conservation concept with a difference. The Pudding Club was established at Three Ways House Hotel in 1985 with the aim of preserving the great British steamed pudding, then very much off most menus. And it’s been hugely successful. Make a dinner reservation here for a Friday night (and some Saturdays) and you’ll find yourself in a wonderfully wacky Pudding Club meeting. After a light main course the real session begins as seven puddings are paraded in with much noise and ceremony. Guests then vie to eat as many of them as they can – and depart having been awarded a pudding eating certificate. There’s a serious side to the Three Ways House operation, too. The hotel has a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and among many other measures recycles avidly, promotes local suppliers and encourages wildlife in the grounds. Prices from £88 per night for the 48 bedrooms
Cober Hill Hotel
Long used as a centre for educational groups, an imposing Victorian lodge set in beautifully kept grounds is the centrepiece of this guesthouse and conference centre that still offers ample opportunities for learning about the natural and historic heritage of the area. Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve, Dalby Forest, the rugged ‘dinosaur coast’ and the moors are a stone’s throw away, not to mention a host of castles, ruined abbeys and folk museums. Activities available in the house and grounds include croquet, putting and tennis, and there’s an array of themed breaks, from art and crafts to birdwatching and wellbeing. With thoughtfully prepared food (mostly using locally sourced ingredients), and a forward-looking programme maximising energy efficiency, recycling and Fairtrade products, it’s both welcoming and eco-friendly. Private guests from £40 per person B&B.
A family-run hotel and restaurant close to picturesque Pateley Bridge, the Sportsman’s Arms prides itself on offering a warm welcome, unpretentious service and great food. Chef-owner Ray Carter has created a menu that favours game – much shot within a mile of the restaurant – and daily deliveries from the coast bring fresh fish to the table. Linger in the cosy bar – a favourite with hikers – where a log fire roars in the winter, and local ales and fine wines are on the menu. There are great walks on the doorstep, pretty villages to explore nearby, and the hotel has fishing rights to a stretch of the River Nidd for keen anglers.
BW Mayfield House Hotel
Just minutes off the M4 in the beautiful South Cotswold's - family owned BW Mayfield House Hotel is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and explore... Highgrove, Westonbirt Arboretum, Royal Tetbury & Ancient Malmesbury are all on your doorstep - it's a classic location, with White Horses to our south, Cotswold Water park to the east, west to the Escarpments and North Cotswold villages a plenty. We offer 28 en suite rooms including Standard, Courtyard & Greenside view (overlooking our cream tea gardens. Yum!) Ground floor, Family, Disabled & really Dog Friendly accommodation abounds with awards for Cyclists, Walkers and Families, we have many many returning regulars every year! Our award winning restaurant serves beautifully cooked, locally sourced fare, served with a smile by local folk - with fine wines from our cellar and a comfortable lounge & bar. On the local bus route or cycles available for hire if leaving the car and exploring the "Quiet lanes" is more your style - there's so much to enjoy in England's oldest back-garden, Rooms from £79 B&B
Escape Brighton’s city scene at one of East Sussex’s most salubrious addresses.. Pelham House is a beautiful 16th century townhouse hotel with original interiors, boutique bedrooms, magnificent gardens, a superb restaurant offering top class dining, and a strong environmental ethos. The hotel aims to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, they support local producers and charities, and encourage guests to think about the environment during their stay by conserving water and electricity. Utter peace and quiet just ten minutes from Brighton centre.
Looking down over the town’s jumble of rooftops, Hotel Penzance is a calm retreat, with friendly staff and a fantastic restaurant. The 25 rooms are classical in style, complementing the hotel’s Edwardian bones, with all the modern day luxuries you’ll need for a comfortable seaside break. The restaurant menu makes the most of the local natural larder: the Cornish Farmhouse Breakfast comes with organic eggs and west country bacon, there’s an entire menu dedicated to Cornish shellfish, lots of vegan options, as well as local artisan cheese, local beers, ciders and wine – those celebrating will even find a local sparkling wine. The hotel houses a monthly-changing exhibition of work by local artists – snap up a seascape and take it home as a holiday momento. From £120 for two.
Penzance Railway station is just a five minute walk away. Penzance also lies on both Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network.
Losehill House Hotel & Spa
The Peak District's best-kept secret? Losehill House is an arts and crafts gem, a beautiful 4 star hotel set down a leafy lane, surrounded by some of the best walking in the country, with stunning views overlooking Win Hill. Rooms are supremely comfortable (some are dog-friendly for guests bringing their four-legged friends). The friendly staff are justly proud of their award winning Orangery Restaurant, which uses only local, seasonal produce (their website goes into exceptional detail about the provenance of their produce). A great base for exploring the rolling hills and sweeping moorlands, or the nearby atmospheric towns of this beautiful part of the county.
Hope Railway Station is only 1.4 miles away. It is possible to take the 272 bus to the other end of Hope village. However, this will only take you a short way and you will still have to walk the rest. It is therefore advisable to make the half hour walk from the station, or to take a taxi, which the hotel will be happy to arrange for you. The Number 6 cycle route on the National Cycle Network goes past Hope.
B&B at the Farncombe Centre
Farncombe Estate is perfectly placed for a short stay or holiday in the north Cotswolds. The 400-acre private country estate is surrounded by pretty market towns, great pubs and gorgeous gardens to visit. Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford are all a short drive away, while Broadway, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold are on the doorstep. Prices from £90
Jurys Inn Brighton
A national hotel chain with an environmental conscience. Centrally-located in the New England quarter of the city and just ten minutes' walk from the train station (great for those without a car), the 234-bedroomed hotel has comfortable, spacious rooms with all the mod cons, a restaurant, bar and coffee shop, and several function rooms. The hotel group is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme for its commitment to reducing the impact on the environment.
Holiday Inn Brighton-Seafront
Conveniently located on the beach road, Brighton's 131-room Holiday Inn has spacious sea-facing bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms with lovely smellies. Unwind in the lounge bar and restaurant, and there's a terrace for dining al fresco when the weather's fine. It's just a short walk to the town centre, too, and the beach is right opposite - great for families. They are also members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Sutherland House Hotel
Sutherland House Hotel and Restaurant is one of Southwold’s oldest and most historically important buildings, with some of its features dating as far back as 1455. The spacious bedrooms all boast fabulous original features, from 1660 pargetted ceilings to foot wide elm floorboards. Sleep in a sleigh bed under the same ceiling as a previous King of England, or luxuriate in a 6ft, double ended slipper bath raised on its own plinth in front of a roaring log fire. All this history is beautiful interwoven with contemporary furnishings including Le Corbusier Chaise Longues and Eileen Grey coffee tables. The hotel’s fish restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes for the quality of the food on offer here, all seasonal, fresh and as local as possible (just 400 yards away in some cases). The menus change regularly according to the season, but try to get hold of their pork pie with piccalilli or pork and black pudding sausages, both award winners in themselves.
Wallett’s Court Hotel and Spa
Charming and fabulously atmospheric, this 17th-century manor house in White Cliffs country offers such quintessentially English flourishes as afternoon tea on the lawn and drinks by the roaring fire in the sitting room. Bedrooms in the main house creak under ancient beams and are furnished with four-posters; suites in the outlying barn offer sweeping views; tipis are available for summer camping. Facilities include a spa with swimming pool – and quite beside such luxury there are free-range chickens and an abundant kitchen garden. Chef Chris Oakley emphasises native Kentish produce in his much applauded cuisine, from just-caught wild sea bass to beef from local farms. For a complete treat try the six-course tasting menu. Rooms: 17 Prices: doubles from £135 including breakfast
Yorkshire Bridge Inn
A popular place to stay, this award-winning inn offers 14 cosy bedrooms, a very warm welcome on arrival, fantastic food year-round, and fabulous scenery and great walks from the door. The en-suite bedrooms (some have four-posters) are prettily decorated and great value (breakfast is included in the price). The inn also has five luxury apartments over the road for longer stays. Endless walking and cycling routes start from the inn, and guests will enjoy strolling aroud the resevoirs - the Ladyblower Reservoir of 'Dambusters' fame is close.
Bamford Railway Station is only 1.4 miles away. It is a quick walk straight along Ashopton Road, or the local 275 bus will take you along the road if you don't fancy walking. Also very nearby is Route 6 on the National Cycle Network.
Low Wood Bay Hotel
Settings don't come much more picturesque than at this family-friendly hotel on the shores of lake Windermere. With lawns running right down to the water's edge, Low Wood even has its own leisure club, which boasts a pool, spa sauna, solarium, gym and beauty salon. The hotel also caters particularly well for children - not only is there plenty of opportunity for canoeing, kayaking and the like at the Watersports Centre, kids can also take part in regular 'Splash Time' activities. As part of the 'English Lakes' group, Low Wood adheres to a comprehensive sustainability statement and has been awarded Gold by the GTBS.
Set in the pretty village of Scorton, this boutique hotel offers stylish accommodation alongside traditional hospitality. The eight en-suite bedrooms have a clean and crisp design but still retain a traditional country feel, and their popular restaurant serves hearty British cuisine using only fresh, locally sourced ingredients. If you explore the oldest parts of the building, you’ll find rooms which date back as far as 1650 when it was a Catholic Chapel and legend has it that Cromwell’s soldiers once stayed here. The village is the gateway to the Forest of Bowland and you’ll find plenty of walking paths right on the doorstep, or if you feel like taking it easy then just relax on the outdoor terrace with a pint of local ale and soak up atmosphere of local village life.
No surprises for guessing the location of this smart coastal hotel. But while it may stand proudly on the seafront Seaview is actually the name of the surrounding village, a one-time fishing community. The hotel’s 13 bedrooms are split between a modern annexe and a former bank building and all are individually decorated, some with nautical blue and white, others with hints of driftwood or flashes of hot pink. When the sun slips over the yardarm, drinkers can choose between the Pump Bar, a traditional pub, or the Naval Bar, inspired by a typical officer’s mess cabin. Book a table at the restaurant and much of what you eat will be sourced from the deer, cattle, pigs and hens on the hotel’s own farm. Doubles from £125, B&B.
Located right on the seafront, The Granville is Brighton’s original boutique hotel. Each of the 25 rooms has an individual theme, from the English countryside to art deco to Japanese or Gothic; there’s a theme for you, whatever the occasion. Great breakfasts (which can be taken out on the terrace when the sun’s out), fabulous sea views, and walkers and cyclists are made very welcome.
Maison Talbooth is a hotel with added wow factor. Each of its 12 suites comes with a super kingsize bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, goose feather duvets, luxurious duvets and that all-important complimentary wifi, whilst some also boast their own private hot tub for that extra touch of luxury. Enjoy breakfast in the light and airy Garden Room which overlooks Dedham Vale before heading off to the Pool House for a dip or booking a session on the tennis court. After an active day, enjoy a massage at the hotel’s new spa before catching the complimentary shuttle car for a five-minute journey to the award-winning restaurant, Le Talbooth. Located in a stunning location on the banks of the River Stour, this restaurant has been creating locally sourced dishes for 50 years, such as Colchester Crab ravioli and Fillet of Dedham Vale beef carpaccio.
The nearest railway station is Colchester. From there, take the 93C bus to Stratford St Mary. Also nearby are Routes 1 and 13 on the National Cycle Network.
Viewed from afar, Pedn Olva appears to be a fairly unremarkable place, a large white building clinging on to the promontory sticking out on Portminster Beach. Inside, however, it is quite a different story. Huge windows throughout the hotel provide different views of the seascape – you can almost hear the waves crashing against the rocks thirty metres below. The cabin rooms are fresh and white; all face seaward. Some have a private balcony for sun-worshipping and sundowners. The restaurant serves up a seasonal menu, complemented by Cornish wines. As close as you’ll get to being at sea without setting sail.
The hotel is located just a few minutes' walk from St Ives Railway station, which has regular services from all over the country, including London Paddington, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent.
Priory Bay Hotel
For country house glamour, this creeper-clad stalwart near Osborne House is hard to beat. Set on a 70-acre estate, complete with outdoor swimming pool and private beach, the eclectic range of rooms varies from an oak-beamed attic suite to modern seaside-style apartments to an opulent boudoir lined with 14th-century panelling. For the adventurous, there are also three yurts within the hotel’s woodland; each come with en-suite bathrooms, king-sized beds and decked terraces. Yurts from £200, B&B (April to October only), doubles from £160, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 8. Nearest stop: Seaview The Bench.
Dunkery Beacon Country House
Walkers, cyclists and gourmets rejoice! This former Edwardian hunting lodge is the ideal base for active exploration, nestling beneath 518m Dunkery Beacon and offering a drying room for hikers and bikers. Revive yourself post-walk with a steaming drink and a slice of homemade cake on arrival, relaxing by the wood-burning stove in the lounge. The eight bedrooms, seven en-suite, vary between cosy, boutique and simply grand – the premier suite boasts a four-poster and panoramic moorland views – and the predominantly locally sourced fare is decidedly gourmet, thanks to host John’s fine-dining training and Jane’s wine-trade experience. From £80 for two.
A family-run, frills-free hotel in the pretty coastal town of Crantock, just a couple of miles from the hustle and bustle of Newquay. Choose from standard, large doubles or four-poster rooms. The restaurant serves a selection on Cornish treats – try the Fairbank beef, the Newlyn hake or the Cornish cheese platter. Plenty to keep you entertained – Crantock has a lovely beach, or you can follow the South West Coast Path in either direction for unspoilt beaches and hidden coves. From £102 for two.
The nearest railway station is Newquay. From there, take the 587 bus to Crantock, opposite WinstoweTerrace. A short walk up Halwyn Hill will bring you to the hotel. Route 32 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network also pass through Newquay.
The Glen Lui Hotel
Warmth – that’s the defining characteristic of this beautifully sited small hotel, nestling in a wood on the banks of the Dee. You certainly won’t feel the chill here: open fires and wood-burning stoves crackle in the lounge and bar and, as a Malt Whisky Embassy, there’s an array of fine drams to warm the cockles. But what really makes the heart glow are the comfort of the 19 individually styled rooms – ranging from cosy to grand (yes, there’s a four-poster) – and a host of special touches. The locally sourced produce. The drying facilities and storage for walkers, golfers, fishers and cyclists. The red squirrels scampering outside at breakfast time. In short, it’s an ideal location for discovering the east of the park. From £100 for two. (special offers and discounts for longer stays)
From its lofty perch on Exmoor – it’s the National Park’s highest restaurant – The Culbone lures locals and farther-flung food-lovers alike with award-winning fare based determinedly on locally sourced ingredients, notably beef from Devon Red cattle and fresh Brixham fish. Each of the five spacious, en-suite rooms has its own character, contemporary and chic but understated – flamboyance is superfluous when eyes are magnetically drawn to the windows and dramatic moor views. Still, facilities are exemplary – upmarket hospitality trays, free wifi in the bar, flat-screen TVs, should you feel the need to stay indoors – with comfy beds for post-walk relaxation. From £75 for two.
This Grade II-listed Georgian Mansion is not only a luxury accommodation, but a visitor attraction in its own right. Seemingly surrounded on all sides by glorious Lake District countryside, the hotel offers unrivalled views out over famous Lake Windermere. Inside, the hotel is decorated in an 'old English' style, both ornate and elegant, and which compliments the stunning views that can be glimpsed from any window. At the aptly named 'Terrace Restaurant' guests can enjoy delicious dishes while gazing out at the picturesque gardens running right down to the water's edge.
New Steine Hotel
Georgian splendour at budget prices, this hotel has recently been refurbished and reopened. The owners pride themselves on the level of service and care that they offer to their guests – you are sure to be well looked after. Centrally located down a quiet street, it’s a great choice for those who are after a peaceful place to stay which is also close to the action. Vegan and vegetarian fare with a French twist is served up in the hotel’s restaurant – all is homemade and locally-sourced from Sussex farmers. Expect delicious freshly-baked pastries at breakfast, too. Great value for money.
Old Hall Hotel
The Old Hall Hotel is steeped in history and heritage. It is reputed to be the oldest hotel in England, dating back to 1573, Mary Queen of Scots being one of the hotel's most notable guests. Present day guests can enjoy local ales and English wines with quirky and delicious local food, from Peak buffalo burgers to handmade ice-cream from a nearby family-run dairy farm. Staff are friendly and helpful and also part of the local 'town-team', making sure the historic spa town of Buxton stays spick and span during the busy holiday season.
The Queens Arms
A much-loved local pub whose new owners have breathed life back into it. Staff and produce are all ‘locally sourced’ and the four rooms have a charming rustic quality – think pine furniture, wood beams and low windows. The daily changing menu makes the most of what’s on the doorstep and local beers feature heavily in the bar.
Raven Hall Country House Hotel
Dramatically situated 600 feet above sea level, overlooking Robin Hood's Bay in the North York Moors National Park and midway between Whitby and Scarborough, in an inspirational and historical setting is a 52 room hotel and 8 exclusive environmentally-friendly lodges designed in Finland and hand-built with the finest timber. From £69- £109 per person per night
The George Hotel
Eating at this Yarmouth stalwart is as much about the setting as the food. Whether soaking them up from behind the brasserie’s huge glass windows or from a table out on the terrace, you’ll find it hard not to be distracted from your supper by the fabulous views of the Solent – and Hampshire beyond it. Now featuring Michelin star Chef Robert Thompson, the local fish pie, slow-cooked local pork belly and confit of Brownrigg duck are classic dishes here, as is the Sunday lunch, but keep an eye out for one-off shellfish suppers and short cooking courses too.
Get there by bus: Bus routes 7. Nearest stop: Yarmouth Bus Station.
Ever fancied gazing across the sun-speckled sea from the comfort of your…bath? Well you can do that here, at Greenbank Hotel, where bedrooms look out to the bobbing boats in the Falmouth estuary; some have freestanding baths in big bay windows. All make the most of the fabulous location, with huge picture windows and balconies. There’s a big emphasis on fine-dining here, with 80% of produce being sourced within 30 miles, from the oysters to sausages and salad leaves. Try the wild line caught bass, the hand-dived mussels or the potted Primrose Herd ham hock. From £145 for two.
The closest railway station is Falmouth Town, from where it is a short taxi ride, or half an hour walk. See TrainTaxi for details on booking a cab.
Perched on the slopes of Hollerday Hill, Ingleside’s heritage as a Victorian ‘gentleman’s residence’ is proudly maintained by owners Keith and Diana, who have refurbished the seven en-suite bedrooms to a high standard. All enjoy wonderful vistas – the largest, Lynton View, boasts a balcony and panoramic views across Lynton to Countisbury Hill and Foreland Point – as well as flatscreen TVs and wifi. That local pride extends to the kitchen, where West Country breakfast ingredients are cooked on an Aga. Head out onto the moor or along the coast on foot, and relax in the guest lounge with a book or a board game. Doubles from £70 B&B (reductions for stays of more than one night).
The White Bear Hotel
In the pretty market town of Masham, in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales, the White Bear Hotel is a haven of comfort and warmth. The buzzy tap room is the place to head of an evening to sup Theakston’s beer and get tips from the locals on where to explore. There are 14 spacious rooms, all tastefully decorated in different contemporary styles – treat yourself to the gorgeous penthouse in the rafters. Seasonal and local are the key words in the dining room, the menu changes constantly but quality steak and staples like treacle sponge pudding will satisfy the most discerning tastebuds and open fires add to the country home ambience.
Technically more of a high-end restaurant with rooms than a hotel, all but one of the bedrooms at this chic hideaway overlooks the sea. Book in for a decadent dinner at the restaurant and then stumble upstairs to bed to afterwards. Choose from Room 1 with its green and gold furnishings and 180-degree coastal panorama to Room 5, flecked with violet and featuring a double sofa bed that can be used to turn the space into a family suite. Doubles from £150, B&B.
Best Western Ufford Park Hotel
This luxury hotel resort is set in 120 acres of tranquil parkland, near the charming market town of Woodbridge. For a little pampering you can head down the hotel’s spa where you’ll find a bubbling hydro pool and a wide range of treatments on offer. There’s also a well equipped health club and an 18 hole golf course for those with energy to burn. When you’re hungry, head for the Park Restaurant with its fantastic views over the golf course and Suffolk countryside, then retire to one of the many bars and lounges for a relaxed drink. Ufford Park is also a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and has received a silver award for its green efforts from recycling to supporting community projects.
Bedruthan Steps Hotel and Spa, Cornwall, England
Unwind and refresh at this stunning hotel and spa in the natural and peaceful setting of the Cornish Coast. You'll be welcomed by a friendly team, sample home-cooked local food and be pampered in the Ocean Spa. From £246 (non seaview) to £430 (seaview apartments); dinner, bed and breakfast
The nearest railway station is Newquay, from where you can take the 556 bus to Trenance. A short walk will then bring you to the hotel. Alternatively, take a National Express coach to Newquay. If guests require a taxi from the train or bus station, the hotel is happy to help book you one. Bedruthan is also located on the South West Coast Path and Route 32 on the National Cycle Network, making it convenient for both walkers and cyclists. Better yet, if you choose to travel to the hotel in an eco friendly manner, they'll treat you to a bottle of fizz!
The Old Rectory
With records going back to the 17th century, the beautiful Old Rectory in Lanreath has had a colourful history. Built with self-sufficiency in mind, at one point it had a bread house, a brewery, a buttery and a dairy! These days it houses eight apartments – a mixture of one, two and three-beds – each individually furnished with a home-from-home feel. Some have pretty garden views and there are freshly baked goodies on arrival. Dogs are welcome and there’s lots of great walking from the door. There’s a games room for wet days and a local shop for supplies. Little to disturb the peace except birdsong by day and hooting of owls by night. From £230 per week.